Monday, July 9, 2012

Hot Drop, Counter Drop, Third Party Drop...

I thought it wasn't going to be an interesting day.

We where puttering around on coms when the batphone rang and we were told that TEXN has an Archon tackled.

People undocked and rolled for it. They had a small gang fighting TEXNs small gang.

The story started simply. TEXN was out on a roam and chasing a small fleet. They caught up with the fleet and had a archon dropped on them when they went to engage a Vindicator. The Archon went into seige and TEXN began to fight with the ships on the field while keeping an eye out for the Archon to come out of triage and ringing the Molden Heath Pirate Batphone.

As an aside, the Pirates of Molden Heath are well known to work together with a moments notice in situations such as these. RANSM responded with what they had available. We kitchen sinked with points, battleships, battle cruisers, and jumped into the system as fast as we could move our ships.

As we rolled towards it TEXN managed to get Tempest down. As I jumped into the next system TEXNs cyno arrived and we dropped a Nyx and an Archon onto their gang. TEXN now lost two canes before the reps landed.

I jumped into system and landed on top of the Vindicator which I pointed. He decided that he was going to eat me. I turned and started to run away as fast as I could. He started beating the hell out of my cane. Fortuantly, carrier reps kept me up. I got my mind together, dropped my drones on him and he lost lock.

The bad part is that my overload got stuck on and everything burnt out as I frantically tried to make it stop. The Archon came out of triage and then went back in. We were trying to get a neuting ship moved to cap it out. The Vindicator finally deagressed and jumped the gate. We jumped a scimitar and some marchariels after them.

There was a blackbird and a falcon as well during this and a Random dominix that got popped. The falcon and blackbird kept warping in jamming and running off. We kept chasing them off field, they'd come back a bit later.

I got to a station, repaired, and got back out on field to witness...

[ 2012.07.09 07:05:14 ] (notify) Archon belonging to Chertilka self-destructs.

Fucking Self Destruct.

We cleaned up the rest of the ships on the field. The fleet started to break down somewhat. If we had all stayed things might have gone different. I wasn't paying attention to local because my guns where acting all sorts of weird and off lining themselves.

Then local up, cyno up, and a Tornado fleet dropped on us at range. They dropped 11 tornados 3 scimis, a bunch of tackle frigs, and a few other odds and ends. We had jumped out our mothership and carrier. With some GCC from the Domi kill they were able to tackle and start taking us down. We lost five or so battle cruisers and one of the machariels and one of the scimis and a sleipnir.

We got the other battleships off the field. They were able to cyno in at range and tore into us with alpha. We were to disorganized, having hastily thrown ourselves together to take out the carrier. I was just debating warping off grid to reset my position when I got scrammed and alphaed. The logis couldn't keep up and the battle cruisers were melting under the 1400 Tornado volley.

I find leaving isn't something I'll do immediately. I have sit down with the boys and discuss whens and whys of tactical retreat. I was chasing frigs, keeping them distracted from the battleships getting out. We're not sure if the third party knew the 1st group or if they just stumbled upon us and took the opportunity. They had been plucking at RANSM earlier in the day.

This is also why killboards have a place and a purpose, but reading everything off of isk efficiency does not show you the entire story. Before the fight we were at 93%. Losing the Machariel knocked us into the 70s. I guess we're terrible.

The carrier died. He self destructed in 20% armor. He may not be on the killboard but that is another argument all of its own.

One of my fleetmates came back from AFK to see this in local in the system where the fight went down.

[07:04:34] Dade Corban > The old Archon, far from its prime, unable to hunt for food and incapable of mating with the younger females, lays down is weary head on the stargate, and dies.

[07:05:06] Dade Corban > Thus the circle of life continues. Join us on this next Molden documentary "The Elusive Low-Sec Navy Raven"

[Edit: Early morning edits after I slept corrected some errors. I wrote seige for triage for the carrier. I am ashamed at my terrible writing at 5 in the morning. :P]

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